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Old 06-26-2016, 06:09 PM   #71
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In between chores and work on my wife's car over the past couple of days I kept plugging away at the camper. What I thought was going to be a fairly simple task of getting the floor and shell bolted to the frame turned into a real headache, I'm not sure if the rust treatment I used hardened the steel or I got "lucky" and hit the remnants of old screws on most holes or both, but I spent literally hours drilling... and drilling... and drilling... I used every technique and trick I knew, broke well over ten bits... ugh!!



I contributed about $45 to the swear jar, threatened to douse the camper with kerosene and torch it but in the end got 10 of the 14 holes done on the main frame rail... needless to say, I decided I'd focus on something else for a little bit:



The side markers that I assume were original still worked, although they were pretty roached so I drilled them all out:



I wasn't happy with the way the trailer light harness fed into the camper shell so found and installed this cool little gizmo I spotted at Lowe's:





Last tasks for the day was running a wiring harness for the lights, and yet another trip to Lowe's to get a few odds and ends that I'll need to get the lights temporarily installed and functional for the inspection:



Small steps, and many more to go...

Jonathan
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:18 PM   #72
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More good progress and I really like that cool little gizmo.

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Old 06-27-2016, 06:52 PM   #73
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Let there be light!!



Yes, literally light singular - I only had time to get one actually connected, but got all of the new ones installed and ready to go:



Another project in the making arrived by mail today as well - replacement glazing beads from Interstate RV Metal & Supply:



Some butyl tape is on the way from Amazon, so tearing out, servicing and reinstalling all of the windows is on the list for the fairly near future.

More updates as I make progress!

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Old 06-30-2016, 05:15 PM   #74
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Wow - good job!! We just bought (5 days ago!!) a 1989 Casita LD 16' and we are in the midst of our own gut job...not quite as extensive as yours though! Question...do you plan on resealing or replacing your roof vent/fan? Ours is the source of the leak that did the damage to our floor and we're doing research on the best way to go about doing that. Keep up the good work! Fun, isn't it!
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Old 06-30-2016, 05:29 PM   #75
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Most people seem to be recommending butyl tape rather than caulk these days.

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Old 06-30-2016, 06:59 PM   #76
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Keep up the good work! Fun, isn't it!
Yes, there have been some times of frustration, and I know there will be a lot of challenges ahead as I start to put things back together but all in all I'm having a blast!

In response to your question, due to the height constraints of my garage I don't think I'll be able to do a vent or fan, but I have high hopes that I'll be able to install at least a low-profile sunroof of some sort. As Walt mentioned, butyl tape seems to be what most people recommend for sealing things like windows, vents, etc. I just got some from Amazon, here's a link in case it's helpful:

https://www.amazon.com/Colorimetrics.../dp/B00GMSUF22

I hope your renovation goes well, I'm off to see if you've got a build thread I can follow!

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Old 07-01-2016, 07:15 PM   #77
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The past couple of days haven't been all that noteworthy, I got the rest of the lights working after working through all sorts of mismatched colors, and patiently got the remaining frame-related holes drilled. I took a half day today from work and withstood the heat and humidity to get all of the bolts installed - the shell is officially secured again, it's amazing how more solid it feels to walk around now!

I also spent a good amount of time working on shell repair, I got all of the pieces cut from the shower stall for the front and passenger side patches, and had just enough fiberglass fabric to get a start on patching the front hole. I got everything on the outside and inside cleaned up with a wire brush on the angle grinder:



And ended up with a fairly odd looking conglomerate of wood pieces, shims and supports to get the new piece as flush as I could get it:



Tomorrow I'll head out early to get some more fiberglass cloth and do a secondary layer on this piece, plus get the other pieces in place... by the end of the weekend, the shell might actually be completely waterproof!

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Old 07-02-2016, 12:10 AM   #78
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Enjoying your reno posts & pics, you're moving fast.
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Old 07-02-2016, 12:56 PM   #79
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Enjoying your reno posts & pics, you're moving fast.
Yes, I tend to get a little obsessive with projects when I take them on.

A mid-day update while I cool off and eat lunch - this morning I got a good number of holes patched in of various sizes, my technique for getting pieces in position probably won't earn me any accolades but hey, it's working:



I've got one more medium-size panel to get put into place, a handful of smaller circular holes where original entry points were and a couple spots on the roof where there's some damage then should have this task completed.

I also got a start on pulling out windows which turned out to be fairly easy due to them not being sealed all that well.





As soon as the blazing sun shifts I'll roll the camper out to get access to the windows on the other side, then get to work on cleaning them up.

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Old 07-02-2016, 06:28 PM   #80
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This afternoon rolled along pretty smoothly, I got the remaining two windows popped out then spent time scraping down and cleaning all of them up:





Last task for the day was brutal, wire brushing down the shell around all of the windows with a head-to-toe protective suit, mask and goggles in the high afternoon heat... yeah, I should have taken this project on in the winter! Here are a couple pictures of the current state:





More updates soon!

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Old 07-02-2016, 09:07 PM   #81
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Yes, there have been some times of frustration, and I know there will be a lot of challenges ahead as I start to put things back together but all in all I'm having a blast!

In response to your question, due to the height constraints of my garage I don't think I'll be able to do a vent or fan, but I have high hopes that I'll be able to install at least a low-profile sunroof of some sort. As Walt mentioned, butyl tape seems to be what most people recommend for sealing things like windows, vents, etc. I just got some from Amazon, here's a link in case it's helpful:

https://www.amazon.com/Colorimetrics.../dp/B00GMSUF22

I hope your renovation goes well, I'm off to see if you've got a build thread I can follow!

Jonathan
Good Butyl, I have been using the exact same product. I found a discount deal for a 5 roll pack of it also from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 07-03-2016, 06:00 PM   #82
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I found myself to be fairly scattered today, which translated into me doing not very much on a whole lot if that makes any sense.

In order to be able to patch the last of the big holes I realized I needed to remove the wood for the bench support, which fortunately was an easy task considering how rotted out it was - I ended up with a single piece that I'll use for a template for replacements on both sides:



I spent a little time replacing screens in windows:



And in amongst a few other small odds and ends decided to tackle the rusty axle so I could get it reinstalled and out of the way:



Sanding, wire brushing, rust treatment (a quick dry version for this piece)...



Since I was going through all the trouble, I figured I'd do a Porsche brake upgrade.



Last random task for the day was mending the piece of fiberglass that I need to patch the before mentioned last big hole, it was the best option with the remains I had of the shower stall and hope it'll work out:



So let's see... finish the patches in the shell, install the axle, install all of the windows... tomorrow is going to be a busy day!

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Old 07-03-2016, 08:31 PM   #83
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GREAT JOB JONATHAN!

Jonathan your work is fantastic and I enjoy reading what you are doing. It is re-inspiring me! Thanks for these great posts, pics and inspiration! Following!

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I found myself to be fairly scattered today, which translated into me doing not very much on a whole lot if that makes any sense.

In order to be able to patch the last of the big holes I realized I needed to remove the wood for the bench support, which fortunately was an easy task considering how rotted out it was - I ended up with a single piece that I'll use for a template for replacements on both sides:



I spent a little time replacing screens in windows:



And in amongst a few other small odds and ends decided to tackle the rusty axle so I could get it reinstalled and out of the way:



Sanding, wire brushing, rust treatment (a quick dry version for this piece)...



Since I was going through all the trouble, I figured I'd do a Porsche brake upgrade.



Last random task for the day was mending the piece of fiberglass that I need to patch the before mentioned last big hole, it was the best option with the remains I had of the shower stall and hope it'll work out:



So let's see... finish the patches in the shell, install the axle, install all of the windows... tomorrow is going to be a busy day!

Jonathan
Im so intrigued with your project progress and check in at the end of the day to see what you've accomplished. Kudos to you!!!
For me, the #1 thing I have learned from reading your post is never buy a 15 plus year old trailer lol.
Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing 😀
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